Casting News: Oscar Winner Brenda Fricker Joins TV Adaptation of Graham Norton's Novel 'Holding'

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The upcoming TV adaptation of Graham Norton's debut novel Holding is shaping up nicely with a bumper casting announcement today (July 29).

Oscar-winning actress Brenda Fricker, Father Ted star Pauline McLynn, Derry Girls' Siobhán McSweeney, and Peaky Blinders alum Charlene McKenna have all been cast in the four-part adaptation, according to an ITV press release. It is currently being filmed in West Cork, Ireland.

These new cast members join previously announced star Conleth Hill, who is playing Sergeant PJ Collins, a socially awkward local police officer called to solve a serious crime for the first time in his career.

Fricker will appear as Lizzie Meany, who is described in the ITV press release as "a shy presence in PJ’s life who has been battling her own demons and secrets, as PJ comes to discover..."

Fricker's casting is a real coup for the adaptation directed by actor-writer-director Kathy Burke. The veteran Irish actress, who won an Oscar for her poignant performance in 1989's My Left Foot, portraying the mother of a man born with cerebral palsy who is only able to control his left foot (Daniel Day-Lewis), has kept a pretty low profile in recent years. In 2014 she told the Irish Independent that she was "semi-retired" from acting.

Fricker, also known for her longtime role in the BBC medical drama series Casualty and for playing the Central Park Pigeon Lady in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, said in a statement today: "I am ecstatic to be part of this wonderful production, in beautiful Skibbereen, and finally not to be playing a mother! Mrs. Meany is a bit of a dark horse. She has had a dreadful life but has retained her values, her friendships and most of all her sense of humor, keep a sharp eye on her."

Are you looking forward to the TV adaptation of Graham Norton's Holding?